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Re: Southern Sources Symposium (continued)

I have always maintained that the Afrigeneas family is part of the process of rewriting the national history. I hope that others will comment on the parallels between what we and these professional historians research and write. Note also the expressed desire by some of these academics to connect somehow with persons outside academia who have stories to tell; how might we connect?

David, thanks so much for your giving us a glimpse into the discussions that took place at the Symposium.

Your statement above is really right on target. The differences between "amateur" and "academic" is narrowing among SOME academics. About 15 years ago, the beginning of my genealogical journey, armed primarily with family histories passed down through the oral traditions of my AA ancestors I was somewhat discouraged by the local "academic attitude". Now with primary documentation supporting those family stories in the form of the Draper Manuscripts, Siebert's UGRR Collection, governmental records (Census, Vitals, Wills, Deeds, etc.), Newspaper accounts and other materials the academic community, at least locally, are beginning to join forces with the genealogists and family historians. We're starting to see the value of what we offer each other.

I'm hoping this partnership continues and becomes more widespread as neither amateur, nor academic, has a complete ownership of the "truth".

Thanks, and looking forward to reading the remainder of your Symposium reports.

Art Thomas

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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